Some of Armenian patriotic songs and Armenian national songs are loved and sung by both young people and adults in Armenia.
Many of Armenian national songs or patriotic songs are also known as “Fidayakan erger”.
In Armenian, it means Fidayi songs. These are mostly revolutionary or war songs.
Well, if we glance through Armenian history, it’s clear why there any many revolutionary and patriotic songs.
If we look at Armenia today, it’s even clearer why these songs are still popular.
We’ve collected some of the most popular patriotic and national songs. Of course, this list can be much bigger, but let’s discover the top 10.
Armenian Patriotic Songs #1: Martiki Erg
One of the most beloved Armenian national songs is called “Martiki Erg” (from Armenian,“Soldier’s Song”). The song is also known as “Trchei Mtqov Tun” (from Armenian,“If I could Fly Home in My Mind”). This song was written by Ashot Satyan in honor of The Second World War victims.
The song is about a soldier who desperately wants to fly back to his home, even if its only in his mind. He misses everything that he left behind; home, family, mountains, nature. Of course, the biggest figure in this song is the soldier’s mother, whom he misses the most.
The song’s first line goes like this: “If only I could fly home in my mind, where my mother is waiting awake”.
Armenian Patriotic Songs #2: Karmir, Kapuyt, Tsiranaguyn
The song “Karmir Kaputy Tsiranaguyn” (from Armenian, “Red, Blue, Apricot color”) is among the youngest of patriotic songs. It was written by Avet Barseghyan, an outstanding television star, who is famous for writing brilliant lyrics for songs.
As the title suggests, the song is about Armenian national flag. The specific thing about this song is the last color of the flag, that is not described as orange, but “tsiranaguyn”, which in Armenian means apricot color.
Generally, the song is very energetic, fresh, simple, but still patriotic. The music is very light and the lyrics are not about sufferings and hardships. It’s mostly about bright future, peaceful and prosperous country.
This was probably the driving reason for directors to create such a colorful and fresh music video for the song. Almost all pop starts of Armenian,one way or another, were involved in the creation process.
The beginning of the song is very simple and says it all! It starts with the line: “I love my country!”
Armenian Patriotic Songs #3: Ver Kats Ekhbayr Im
Armenian national songs list should definitely include the song “Ver Kats Ekhpayr Im” (from Armenian, “Get Up My Brother”). The song was written by Armen Movsisyan. He is famous for writing songs about war and soldiers. This one was written for Nagorno-Karabakh war of 1990s.
The song is about one soldier who asks his dead friend to stand up. He tells him about their homeland, mountains, future plans, new songs that they could have written together.
This song became very popular during four-day intense clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in 2016. As a result, 100 Armenian soldiers and officers died, who were mostly from 19 to 25 years old. “Ver Kats Ekhbayr Im” became some sort of a background song for this events. It was playing on TV, radio, internet short-videos, basically everywhere.
Armenian Patriotic Songs #4: Akhpers u Yes
Akhpers u Yes (from Armenian, “My Brother and I”) is an Armenian national song sung by Karnig Sarkissian. “Akhpers u Yes” is a very popular song. Everyone knows it, and people sing it during gatherings.
It’s even popular during the so called Army gatherings. It happens when someone throws a party before going to serve in the army, or after coming back from the service; sometimes even in both cases.
In 2015 folk singer Sevak Amroyan did a cover of this song and shoot a music video, which made this song even more popular and it started playing on TV and radio much more often.
Armenian Patriotic Songs #5: Gini Lits
Fill the glass with wine! This means “Gini Lits”. A national song dedicated to Soghomon Tehlirian.
Thelirian was the person who revenged by killing Talaat Pahsa, one of the people responsible for organizing and conducting the Armenian Genocide, starting from 1915.
Soghomon Tehlirian witnessed with his own eyes the death of all his family members. He was the only one to survive. This made him go after Talaat Pasha, find him in Berlin and shoot down.
In the lyrics, singer tells about Tehlirian’s revenge and asks the listener to fill the glass with wine for that cause.
Armenian Patriotic Songs #6: Piti Gnank
“Piti Gnank” (from Armenian, “We must Go”) is an Armenian national song about the lands that Armenia lost throughout its history. Those lands are mostly known as Western Armenia. It was written by Gusan Haykazun (original name Gagik Nazaryan) and sung by folk singer Nersik Ispiryan.
The singer tells about his aspirations to go back to his long-lost homeland, to put the Armenian flag on the mountain Ararat, whatever it takes. Whether it will take fight, love, or war, they will get there anyway.
“Piti Gnank” can totally be listed as one of the most national and inspiring songs, which is loved both by youngsters and adults.
Armenian Patriotic Songs #7: Miatsek Hayer
Another brilliant and inspiring patriotic song is “Miatsek Hayer” (from Armenian, “Armenians Unite!”). It has been written by Kazandjian in 1994.
In song’s lyrics, singer calls out on all Armenians from around the world to unite, because Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) is calling for help.
Lyrics seem like a guide through Armenian history. It tells about all conquerors that deprived Armenians of their historical land and says, that it’s a rare chance they can take some part of it back. This was the best song that called Armenians in diaspora to unite.
Armenian Patriotic Songs #8: Getashen
As you may have noticed Gusan Haykazun has been mentioned a couple of times already. It’s because he is very famous for writing revolutionary and war songs. His choice has a background. The reason is that Gusan Haykazun participated in Nagorno-Karabakh war.
He was part of a group that reached the village of Getashen on helicopter in 1990. The group consisted of 20 soldiers, including him. This is where he composed the song “Getashen”.
When Gusan Haykazun was asked how he wrote the song, he said:
“When the 20 fighters and I were getting on the helicopter that was going to take us to Getashen village, the detachment commander pulled me aside and said, ‘It is a pity to see you go, a bullet will strike you. Stay here and write a song about Getashen…” The helicopter left, I stayed and then left for our home where I wrote the lyrics and composed the music for the song “Getashen”. Three days later, I joined my friends from the detachment and taught them the song. From that day on, all soldiers in the trenches sang that song and it became a sort of a march for the Karabakh soldiers. The song also became famous in Armenia and the Diaspora.”
The most famous version of “Getashen” has been sung by pop singer Nune Yesayan.
Armenian Patriotic Songs #9: Sardarapat
Among the most Armenian patriotic songs “Sardarapat” can be considered the most well-known one. The music was written by E. Hovhannisyan and the text was originally written by Paruyr Sevak.
Starting from 2014 the rock band System of a Down (SOAD) started performing Sardarapat in the middle of their concerts. These performances made “Sardarapat” become famous not only among Armenians, but also among foreign audience.
“Sardarapat” song is dedicated to the victory of Sardarapat battle, which prevented Ottomans from conquering the eastern part of Armenia and eradicating Armenians as a nation.
Armenian Patriotic Songs #10: Kilikia
Armenian national songs include one very beautiful composition called “Kilikia”, sometimes it’s spelled as Cilicia. It’s about Armenian Kingdom of Kilikia.
The lyrics were written by Nahabed Rusinian, who was an Armenian poet, political activist, translator. He also contributed a lot to the Armenian National Constitution.
“Kilikia” is among the most covered Armenian national songs. Almost every Armenian singer covered this song during his/her career. Lusine Zakaryan, an outstanding Armenian soprano, who mostly sang spiritual songs, probably did the best cover of this song.
Armenian rock band The Beautified Project covered this song in 2011. They added more modern instruments and sound to it, which, according to them, was a big risk. Anyway, the audience loved this version too, and it was a huge success.
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